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Jason Pawlak


Husband, Dad, Navy Officer, Coder, and Tinkerer. I have many interests and am always looking to learn something new. This site is a launching point to the many areas of the Internet that represent me.


Cast On: Why this dude is knitting

Learning to knit

Holy PURLING, Batman!  Knitting is so addictive!

Just one more row... ok, for realsies this time, just one more row... sheesh my hands are aching...

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn how to knit and then knit something cool like an American Flag.

You might be asking yourself why on earth would I, a dude, want to knit?

Well the answer is really quite simple… it is one of the same reasons that I learned to fly planes.  It is one of the same reasons that I got my skydiving license.  It is one of the same reasons why I joined the Navy.  It’s one of the same reasons I change my own oil.

I love learning to do new things that are not the norm.

See?  Simple.

No I haven’t had a life long desire to learn to knit and no I don’t plan on becoming a super uber professional of knitting awesomeness either.  I just want to give it a try and see what it is all about.

I spent a while sitting on my New Year’s resolution blog post thinking about what I really wanted to make of this next year.  Of course I had to add the fitness stuff, it wouldn’t seem like a real resolution list if it didn’t include those!  But I really wanted to add something that was completely different.  I wanted something that I’d have to learn from the ground up.  I wanted something that would produce real tangible results so when 2014 comes knocking at the door I am able to look back and know that I can now do something of value that I had no idea how to do at the beginning of 2013.

Yup… and knitting came to mind.

Wife helped me get a quick start by taking a Knitting 101 class at Joann Fabrics with me this weekend.  They provided all the supplies we needed to get started and spent three hours teaching us all the basics: casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off.  And of course they gave us a tour of their Knitting aisle for our future purchases.

It was a fun class, yes we were probably the only ones there under 50 and yes I was the only dude… but we had some good laughs and learned the craft.

After spending a few hours practicing, I will tell you that it is actually very enjoyable and fun to see the product grow.  I’ve started to look into the best method of making my American Flag.  I know you are looking forward to those updates ;-)

For all my knitting adventures you can check out my knitting tag.

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